Night Shift Picture

Description

A collection of short stories, many of which have been made into movies.

Published

1978 Doubleday

Story List




Battleground

Description

John works for the Organization, for a minimum of $10,000 per job, and only twice a year, but he was always reliable. After killing Hans Morris, owner of a toy company, he receives a strange box that had stenciled on the front in white letters: G.I. JOE VIETNAM FOOTLOCKER, 20 Infantrymen, 10 Helicopters, 2 BAR Men, 2 Bazooka Men, 2 Medics, 4 Jeeps.

He soon finds that he is being attacked by an army - but the problem is that the army soldiers are only 1.5 inches high, and they know how to fight.

There is a special addition to this box of soldiers - a Scale-Model Thermonuclear Weapon, and these soldiers are not afraid of dying.

Published

1972, Sept - Cavalier
1978 - Night Shift

People

NameDescription
?, RalphWalking past with his girlfriend when John Renshaw's apartment exploded
Bates, CalvinHired John Renshaw to kill Hans Morris for the Organization
Morris, HansOwner of Morris Toy Company in Miami. Killed by John Renshaw
Morris, MrsWife of Hans Morris. Sent the soldiers to John Renshaw in a box sent from Miami on April 15th
Renshaw, JohnHired hitman attacked and killed by the small soldiers. Known as the Human Hawk, he had previously been contracted to kill Hans Morris, and had carried that out
Soldiers, The1.5 inch high soldiers with a blast of a secret. They succeeded in killing Renshaw using a small Thermonuclear Weapon that was an "Added bonus" in the footlocker



The Boogeyman

Description

Lester Billings speaks to his psychiatrist about the Boogeyman that is killing all his children. Their first child Denny, was afraid of the dark in his own room - a room in which the closet door kept creeping open.

After Denny's reported Crib Death, they move their second child, Shirley out of their room and into her own room - Denny's old room. She too becomes a victim of the Boogeyman, although the official explanation is Brain Convulsions causing her to swallow her tongue.

By now Lester has pretty good ideas of the cause, but their third child becomes a victim too. Lester soon finds out that this doctor has a lot to hide... Like the face of the boogeyman behind a mask of the doctors face!

Published

1973, Mar - Cavalier
1978 - Night Shift

People

NameDescription
?, AnnGrandmother of Lester Billings
Billings, Andrew LesterSon of Lester. Looked like his father. Died of a fall from his cot in Feb 1972
Billings, DennySon of Lester. Died in 1967 of crib death. Looked like his mother
Billings, LesterSpoke to Dr Harper about the Boogeyman that was killing all his children. After his marriage in 1965 to Rita, all 3 of their children die
Billings, MrsMother of Lester. She did not like her sons wife Rita, so had nothing to do with them at all
Billings, RitaWife of Lester and mother of Andrew, Denny and Shirley
Billings, ShirleyDaughter of Lester. Died in 1971 of brain convulsions causing her to swallow her tongue
Bonaparte, NapoleonMentioned by Lester Billings
Frankenstein's MonsterMonster mentioned by Lester Billings
GodMentioned
Harper, DrPsychiatrist that Lester spoke to about the Boogeyman. Turned out to be the Boogeyman
Hucklebury HoundMentioned in passing
Ingles, GrahamCartoonist from "Tales from the Crypt" books read as a child by Lester Billings
JesusMentioned in passing
Mickey MouseMentioned in passing
MummyMonster mentioned by Lester Billings
The BoogeymanLived in the closet and killed the Billings children
Vickers, ?Nurse in Dr Harpers surgery that took Lester Billing's details
WolfmanMonster mentioned by Lester Billings



Children of the Corn

Description

In the depressing town of Gatlin, Nebraska the corn is growing extremely well. Burt and Vicki, a couple having marriage problems, stumble into the town in late July 1976 after hitting a dying boy in their car. They find the town of 4531 people deserted, except for a few small children. Tempted to go on to the next town of Grand Island, they stay to investigate to odd things like the 12 year old calendar on the wall, fuel prices they have not seen for years...

They try to find out the secret behind this corn, the lists of names in the book who all seem to die at age 19 and the mysterious lack of adults in the town, and He Who Walks Behind The Rows gives them a helping hand!

People

NameDescription
?, DavidWas the 'seer' but died at 19 in 1975 after walking into the corn
?, IsaacThe current 'Seer' in Gatlin when Burt and Vicki Robeson enter the town. Born about 1967, and is 9 years old. He lowered the Age of Favor from 19 to 18
?, JosephOne of the more than 20 children that were forced to walk into the corn when Isaac reduced the Age of Favor from 19 to 18
AmosA minor prophet from the Old Testament
Boardman, CraigOne of the children in Gatlin. Birth name of Malachi Boardman
Boardman, MalachiTaken name of Craig Boardman. Born August 15, 1957, and died when he walked into the corn after Isaac reduced the Age of Favor from 19 to 18. He had murdered Japheth earlier that day
Cassidy, HopalongMentioned in passing
Chaney, LonA portrait in the old Baptist Church reminded Burt Robeson of Lon Chaney
Clawson, RuthTaken name of Sandra Clawson. Pregnant to Malachi Boardman. Born April 30, 1961
Clawson, SandraOne of the children in Gatlin. Birth name of Ruth Clawson
Deigan, AmosTaken name of Richard Deigan. Born September 4, 1945. Died September 4, 1964 after walking into the corn
Deigan, RichardOne of the children in Gatlin. Birth name of Amos Deigan
Gilman, ClaytonOne of the children in Gatlin. Birth name of Job Gilman
Gilman, JobTaken name of Clayton Gilman. Born September 6, 1964. The last to be listed with a second name in the books in the church
Grace, ?2 Sisters that went to Revival meetings when Vicki Robeson was a child. They wore tinfoil haloes
Greenlaw, AdamThe first male child born in Gatlin after the sacrifice of the adults. Born July 11, 1965
He Who Walks Behind the RowsEvil being that helps the corn grow when given sacrifices. It kills those who walk into the corn after dark, and at 19, and now 18 the children of Gatlin must walk in and be devoured by it willingly
Hollis, EdwardOne of the children in Gatlin. Birth name of Yemen Hollis
Hollis, YemenTaken name of Edward Hollis. Born January 5, 1946. Died January 5, 1965 after walking into the corn
Hortense, Baby8 year old singer at the revival meetings Vicki Robeson went to as a child
Hortense, MrFather of Baby Hortense. He passed the plate round for donations at the revival meetings
Kennedy, John FPresident mentioned in passing
Kirk, GeorgeOne of the children in Gatlin. Birth name of Zepeniah Kirk
Kirk, ZepeniahTaken name of George Kirk. Born October 14, 1945. Died October 14, 1964 after walking into the corn
Owens, BuckOn the radio station listened to by Burt Robeson as they entered Gatlin
Renfrew, IsaacTaken Name of William Renfrew. Born September 19, 1945. Died September 19, 1964 after walking into the corn
Renfrew, WilliamOne of the children in Gatlin. Birth name of Isaac Renfrew
Richardson, HenryOne of the children in Gatlin. Birth name of Moses Richardson
Richardson, MosesTaken name of Henry Richardson. Born July 29, 1957. Died 26 July 1976 after walking into the corn
Robeson, BurtHusband of Vicki. Their marriage was having problems. Ran over Japheth outside Gatlin, and were taken by the Children of the Corn and sacrificed to He who walks behind the rows. He did a tour of Vietnam as a medical orderly
Robeson, MrsMother of Burt Robeson
Robeson, VickyWife of Burt. Taken by the Children of the Corn and left crucified in the corn as a sacrifice to He who walks behind the rows. An Ex-Prom Queen
Stampnell, Rudy10 year old faith healer Vicki Robeson saw as a child
Staunton, Norman7 year old revival preacher Vicki Robeson saw as a child
Stigman, DonnaOne of the children in Gatlin. Birth name of Rachel Stigman
Stigman, RachelTaken name of Donna Stigman. Born June 21, 1957. Died June 21, 1976 after walking into the corn
Taylor, ElizabethMentioned on a sign in Gatlin as being in the movie 'Cleopatra'
Tobin, EveIn Gatlin. First female child born after the adults were sacrificed. She was born June 16, 1965
Wells, MaryTaken name of Roberta Wells. Born November 12, 1945. Died November 12, 1964 after walking into the corn
Wells, RobertaOne of the children in Gatlin. Birth name of Mary Wells
Wilson, FlipMentioned in passing
Wynette, TammyOn the radio station listened to by Burt Robeson as they entered Gatlin



Graveyard Shift

Description

Gates Falls Mill was built back in 1897, and uses it's basement as a junk storage area. Management decides to have a cleanup of the basement one Fourth of July weekend, and it's full of rats.

The crew starts cleaning, and find some of the rats are as large as small puppies, and they bite. As they clean, they find a trapdoor, bolted closed from BELOW, leading to an even deeper basement dating back to 1841. 3 of the men enter only to find the rats upstairs are small and docile compared to the surprises that are waiting down here!

Published

1970, Oct - Cavalier
1978 - Night Shift

People

NameDescription
?, TonyOn cleanup crew at the Gates Falls Mill
Brochu, CharlieOn cleanup crew at the Gates Falls Mill. He saw Ray Upson get bitten by a large rat
Brogan, ?On cleanup crew at the Gates Falls Mill. He was in the second crew to go down into the sub-basement
Carmichael, ?On cleanup crew at the Gates Falls Mill. He was in the second crew to go down into the sub-basement
Dangerfield, ?On cleanup crew at the Gates Falls Mill. Bitten by a rat and had to go home
Hall, ?On cleanup crew at the Gates Falls Mill. He was the picker machine operator on the Graveyard shift. He was in the first group to go down into the sub-basement, and was killed there
Ippeston,CyOn cleanup crew at the Gates Falls Mill. He threatened to go home, but was told he would be sacked. He was in the second group to go down to the sub-basement
Nedeau, ?On cleanup crew at the Gates Falls Mill. He was in the second group to go down to the sub-basement
Stevenson, ?On cleanup crew at the Gates Falls Mill
The RatsThey inhabit the mill, and larger ones are in the basement. The Rats in the sub-basement are up to 3 feet high, blind, and only have front legs
Upson, RayOn cleanup crew at the Gates Falls Mill. Bitten by a rat and had to go home
Varney, EliasName on a box in the sub-basement of the Gates Falls Mill, dating back to 1841
Warwick, ?Foreman on the Graveyard shift at the Gates Falls Mill. He was in the first group to go down into the sub-basement, and was killed there
Wisconsky, HarryFed work to Hall at the Gates Falls Mill. Fat



Gray Matter

Description

A man drinks a bad beer in a small town near Bangor, Maine. He starts to change, and in the end, not even his friends know him.

He slowly turns into a blob of smelly gray jelly, getting his son to buy him beer at the local store, and eating dead, decaying animals. He is getting bigger all the time, and there are 2 missing girls and a missing wino in the local area as well.

When some of his friends come to deliver the beer, they see that he is dividing into 2, like some simple forms of life, but this one is a bit higher up the food chain and is after them!

Published

1973, Oct - Cavalier
1978 - Night Shift
1982 - Arbour House Necropolis

People

NameDescription
?, Eddie70 year old blind man. Steals bread from the nite-owl store. The bread is actually paid for by Henry Parmalee
Connors, BertieIn the nite-owl store
Gaiteau, ?Landlord of Richie Grenadine
Grenadine, RichieFather of Timmie. He was hurt in a sawmill accident and off on workers compensation. Drinks a bad Golden Light beer and turns into something like jelly... with an attitude
Grenadine, TimmySon of Richie. He went to the Nite-Owl store to ask for help with his father
Haldeman, FrankieFriend of George Kelso that spoke to him about the large spider in Derry Sewer
Kelso, GeorgeWorked for the Bangor Public Works department. Quit after seeing something strange in the sewer. It was described as a large spider. This is similar to Pennywise. He died 2 years later
Littlefield, CarlIn the nite-own store. Has bad arthritis
Parmalee, HenryOwner of the Nite-owl store, the only 24 hour store in the area. He spoke to Timmy Grenadine about his father, then went to investigate. He was possibly eaten by Richie Grenadine
Parmalee, MrsWife of Henry Parmalee
Pelham, BillIn the Nite-Owl store. Has a bad right arm
PennywiseGeorge Kelso saw a good size spider in the drains of Bangor. It was as big as a dog. While it is uncertain, this COULD be Pennywise the clown
RexDog of Narrator. Died under the house
The NarratorIn the Nite-Owl store. Went to see the weird Richie Grenadine
Westphail, DrLocal doctor



I Am the Doorway

Description

Arthur was a deep space astronaut on project Zeus, and was infected by a strange bug during a mission to Venus. On his return to earth, he was seriously injured when the parachutes failed. Arthur lost the use of his legs, while his partner, Cory, was killed. He retired to peaceful Key Caroline.

Arthur's fingers began to hurt, and before he realised it, his fingers had eyes - literally. The eyes began to control him, making him kill a young local boy, and cause the death of his good friend Richard. Panicking, he destroys the new eyes by burning his hands off.

That was 7 years ago, and now he lives with hooks for hands, but there is a new problem - 12 eyes in a perfect circle on his chest!

Published

1971, Mar - Cavalier
1978 - Night Shift

People

NameDescription
?, ArthurPartner of Cory in a mission to Venus. Lost use of legs in accident on re-entry when chute failed. Was infected by an unknown virus that caused eyes to grow on his fingers, then his chest. Killed a local boy and told Richard about it
?, CoryPartner of Arthur in the trip to Venus. Killed in the re-entry accident
?, RichardFriend of Arthur. Killed by lightning bolt while running from Arthur. Retired real estate agent that creates driftwood statues and sold them to tourists
Anders, WilliamOrbited the moon in 1968 with Borman and Lovell
Ballanger, DrDoctor who was taking Dr Flanders patients while he was on holidays
Beatles, TheBand Cory and Arthur listened to on the flight to Venus
Borman, FrankOrbited moon in 1968 with Anders and Lovell
Creswell, ?Navy Investigator who checks up on Richard each year
Davis, JohnHis orbiting observatory was holed by a meteor
Doody, HowdyMentioned in passing
Flanders, DrDoctor of Arthur that was on a fishing cruise when Arthur wanted to see him
Harrington, MaudFriend of Richard. He spoke to her about a missing boy on Key Caroline
Jacks, ?Landed on Mars in 1979 with Markhan
Lederer, ?Died on second last Apollo mission when he was left orbiting the sun with Pedersen
Lovell, James A JrOrbited moon in 1968 with Anders and Borman
Lovinger, DonProject Zeus 'whiz kid'
Markhan, ?First on Mars in 1979 with Jacks
Pedersen, ?Died on second last Apollo mission when he was left orbiting the sun with Lederer
Wagner, RichardCory and Arthur listened to him on the flight to Venus



I Know What You Need

Description

Elizabeth Rogan meets a nice young man called Edward Jackson Hamner Jr and almost instantly is taken by his similar likes and dislikes to herself. They hit it off almost at once, but his romantic interests are quenched by Tony Lombard - Elizabeth's boyfriend.

Tony is tragically killed when a red Fiat looses its brakes approaching the road works where Tony is working. Investigations show that the brake lines are melted through, and the cause is purely accidental in nature. Edward becomes more important in Elizabeth's life. But her friend Alice doubts his motives are good.

Edward actually went to school with Elizabeth back in first Grade, and has used Voodoo to influence her, and those around her, to ensure his success with Elizabeth. Alice succeeds in convincing Elizabeth that there is something odd, and she finds the Voodoo instruments!

Published

1976, Sep - Cosmopolitan
1978 - Night Shift

People

NameDescription
?, AliceRoommate and good friend of Elizabeth Rogan. She did some investigation into Edward Hamner, and confronts Elizabeth with the results
Ackerman, SandraRoommate of Elizabeth Rogan once Alice left
Baby BearCharacter from children's story 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'
Branner, ?Uni Professor that teaches Sociology
D'Antonio, ShirleyWorked at the Pines Restaurant
Diamond, NeilSinger listened to by Alice
GoldilocksCharacter from children's story 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'
Hamner, Edward Jackson, JrFriend of Elizabeth Rogan. He used Voodoo to influence Elizabeth Rogan and kill Tony Lombard. He went to PS 119 in Bridgeport and was in 1st grade with Elizabeth. She broke up with him after discovering how he was influencing her
Hamner, Edward SrFather of Edward Jr. Compulsive gambler that used to lose until he started taking Edward Jr along. He had an arm and leg broken by loan sharks. Moved from New York to Bridgeport. Died in a car crash in 1968
Hamner, MrsWife of Edward Sr. Claimed that her son was the Devils Henchman. She was placed in mental institutions when she tried to kill Edward with a pair of scissors in 1964. Died in a car crash in 1968
Juan, DonMentioned in passing
Kilmer, DannyWorked with Tony Lombard. Told Elizabeth Rogan about Tony's death
Lombard, TonyBoyfriend of Elizabeth Rogan. Died when a car lost it's brakes and hit him on Route 16
Rogan, ? (Deedee)Elizabeth Rogan's mother
Rogan, ElizabethWhile studying for the finals, she meets the mysterious Edward Hammer Jr. He seemed to be able to give her everything she wanted, especially after the death of her boyfriend Tony Lombard. She is good friends and roommate of Alice, and finds the Voodoo stuff of Edwards, and as a result she broke up with him
Rogan, MrFather of Elizabeth
Washington, GeorgePresident mentioned in passing



Jerusalem's Lot

Description

Charles Boone moves into Chapelwaite built in 1782, a house near Jerusalem's Lot in 1850 which is only 3 Miles North of Falmouth, 9 miles North of Portland and near the town of Preachers Corner. He is supposedly the last of the Boone linage, and Chapelwaite holds many family secrets, not all of them good. In fact not any of them are good!

The house has a strange pull and he is drawn to the strange deserted town of Jerusalems Lot, only to find that there is more there than meets the eye. The town's entire population disappeared on the 31st of October 1789. A strange book in the church holds many of the answers, but it is evil and should be destroyed, which Charles manages to do, at the cost of his own life, for as long as a Boone lives, Chapelwaite and Jerusalems Lot are dangerous.

And now in 1971 another Boone descendent has moved back in, and it is starting all over again!

Published

1978 - Night Shift

People

NameDescription
?, Richard (Dick)Friend of Charles Boone, worked for The Liberator
Bigelow, MrHistorian that Charles Boone met at Mr Clary's fundraiser. He was asked about Jerusalems Lot
Boon, JamesLeader of a religious group in 1710 and the Keeper of the Worm in Jerusalems Lot. Ancestor of the Boone family, and possibly the father of Kenneth
Boone, CharlesMoved into Chapelwaite in 1850. The storyteller who eventually died of suicide after burning the book "Mysteries of the Worm" in the church in Jerusalems Lot. Murdered Calvin McCann
Boone, HenryUncle of Charles. Husband of Judith
Boone, James RobertLast of the Boone family line, and now living in Chapelwaite in 1971. Second cousin, 3 times removed of Charles Boone
Boone, JudithWife of Henry Boone
Boone, KennethGreat Grandfather of Charles. Father of Robert and Phillip. Wealthy from the fur trade. Died 1763
Boone, MarcellaDaughter of Randolph Boone. Died on the cellar stairs in Chapelwaite House
Boone, PhillipBrother of Robert Boone. Joined James Boon's church 1 September 1789. Had a falling out with his brother in 1788 over stolen papers, and disappeared along with everyone in Jerusalems Lot 31st of October 1789
Boone, RandolphFather of Stephen and Marcella Boone. He committed suicide in the cellar by hanging, just after his daughter died
Boone, RobertGrandfather of Charles Boone. Brother of Phillip. Had a big fight in 1789 over stolen goods
Boone, SarahWife of Charles Boone. Died of brain fever before Charles moved into Chapelwaite House
Boone, StephenCousin of Charles Boone. Fell to death from Chapelwaite House. Son of Randolph
Brockett, CliftonFound a section of land dead and pressed down near Chapelwaite House
Brown, BarbaraGave birth to a child with no eyes in Preachers Corners
Calhoun, MrFriend of Charles Boone
Clary, MrHad a fundraising dinner
Cloris, MrSupervisor of girls cleaning Chapelwaite House, and told Charles Boone a lot of Chapelwaite's history
de Gourdge, ?Wrote the "Demon Dwellings" book that was placed in Jerusalems Lot
Frawley, ?Blacksmith in Preachers Corners in 1789
Goodfellow, HenryFriend of Robert Boone from Boston. Mentioned in diary. He appears to be some sort of book dealer at Johns & Goodfellow
Granson, Everett (Bones)Friend of Charles Boone in Florida
Granson, MrsWife of Everett Granson
Hanson, ?Friend of Charles Boone in England
Johns, ?He is a book dealer at Johns & Goodfellow, along with Henry Goodfellow
McCann, CalvinLived with Charles Boone in Chapelwaite. He found a map of Jerusalems Lot, and was eventually killed there, and presumed to be murdered by Charles Boone
Petty, JohnContacted Stephen Boone
Radcliffe, MrsPossibly a romance writer
Randall, GoodySeen signs in the sky of a disaster
Thompson, MrOwner of 400 acres in Portland. Sells wood to people in the area, including Chapelwaite
Thompson, MrsWife of Mr Thompson
Worm, The (Yogsoggoth)Eyeless creature of evil. Yogsoggoth (the nameless one) is another name for it



Last Rung on the Ladder

Description

Larry lived in Hemingford Home, Nebraska, and saved his young sisters life by piling hay under her while she hung on to the top rung of a broken ladder. When she fell, she landed in the hay, breaking her fall.

Kitty had 2 failed marriages, and had lost close contact with her brother and shortly after sending Larry a postcard with a short note she committed suicide by jumping off a building in L.A.

Published

1978 - Night Shift

People

NameDescription
?, HelenWife of Larry. Divorced in 1971
?, Katrina (Kitty)Sister of Larry. She climbed a ladder and it broke while she was hanging on to the top rung when she was 8. She had 2 failed marriages, and jumped from the top story of an Insurance Building in Los Angeles after sending Larry a letter
?, LarrySaved his sister from dying when she fell from the last ring of a ladder in a hayloft by putting hay below her to break the fall. He was 10 years old at the time. He later received a letter from her written just before she died
Eisenhower, Dwight DPresident mentioned in passing
Pederson, DrSet Katrina's ankle when she broke it falling from the ladder in the barn. A GP From Columbia City that drove a Desoto



The Lawnmower Man

Description

Harold Parkette decided to sell his lawnmower after a tragic accident where one neighbors dog chases another neighbors cat under the running mower.

The lawns begin to get quite high, so Harold decided to hire in a contractor called "Pastoral Greenery and Outdoor Services" to mow his lawns. They arrive soon, but they have an interesting way of mowing - the mower runs automatically while the lawnmower man crawls along behind eating up all the cut grass.

Harold calls the police, but the lawnmower man decided that there is time for a quick trim of Harold as well.

Published

1975, May - Cavalier
1978 - Night Shift
1981, Oct - Marvel comics (as a comic strip)

People

NameDescription
?, PhilOwner of Sonoco where Harold sold his mower for a new tyre and a tank full of fuel
?, SonnyBartender at the Goldfish Bowl bar
Castonmeyer, JackNeighbour of Harold Parkette. Their dog chased the Smith's cat under Harold's lawnmower. A Democrat
Cooley, ?Police Patrolman at scene of Harold's death
Drago, DickBaseball player mentioned in passing
Goodwin, ?Police Lieutenant at scene of Harold's death
Hall, ?Police Sergeant that Harold called about the naked lawnmower man in his yard
Lawnmower Man, TheAn employee of "Pastoral Greenery and Outdoor Services". He used a strange lawnmower and crawled around after the mower eating all the grass clippings
PanThe boss of the lawn mowing business called "Pastoral Greenery and Outdoor Services"
Parkette, AliciaDaughter of Harold
Parkette, CarlaWife of Harold
Parkette, HaroldGot his lawns mowed by "Pastoral Greenery and Outdoor Services", but when he rang the police, the Lawnmower Man came after him with the running lawnmower - and lost more than he expected
Smith, DonNeighbour of the Parkette's. A Democrat
Smith, Jenny4 year old daughter of Don. Hid in Harold's long grass
Smith, MrsOwner of the cat that was killed by Harold's mower. Wife of Don and mother of Jenny
The MoleRun over by the lawnmower man's mower, and eaten by the lawnmower man while mowing Harold Parkette's grass
Yastrzemski, ?Baseball player mentioned in passing



The Ledge

Description

Stan Norris is a burnt out Tennis Pro who is in love with Marcia Cresner. One slight problem with their love is Marcia's husband - an Organization Overlord who does not like the idea of his wife having an affair.

Stan is placed in a precarious situation - walk around the 5 inch wide ledge on the top floor of a 34 story building and go free, or go to jail for drug offenses. What makes it hard is that Cressner does NOT want him to succeed.

Well he does, and gets the upper hand on Cressner, and then makes Cressner walk around the ledge. Cressner said he's never welshed on a bet, but Norris has been known to.

Published

1976, Jul - Penthouse
1978 - Night Shift

People

NameDescription
?, TonyWorked for Cressner. He was hit in the nose with a gun by Stan Norris
Cressner, ?Man who bet Stan Norris that he could not walk around the ledge of the building. He was an "Organization Overlord" and the husband of Marcia. He tried
Cressner, MarciaLover of Stan. She was killed by her husband trying to get away. She took Tennis lessons from Stan Norris
Hatton, RondoMentioned in passing
Norris, StanEx Tennis Pro that had to walk around the Ledge of a building or go to jail. Lover of Marcia Cressner. He chooses to walk around the ledge, makes it, then gets Tony's gun and makes Cressner walk around the ledge
PigeonA Pigeon attacked Stan while he was walking around the ledge



The Man Who Loved Flowers

Description

A man who seems to be in love buys flowers for what people think is his girlfriend. People all around see his dreamy look and agreeable personality. But he has a dark secret - he is the Hammer Murderer that has killed 6 women.

Published

1977, Aug - Gallery
1978 - Night Shift

People

NameDescription
?, NormaFriend of the Man who loves flowers. Died 10 years ago
Kennedy, John FPresident mentioned in passing
The Hammer MurdererMurdered 6 women. He was the man who loves flowers
The Man Who Loved FlowersMan who seems nice to all that see him, but is actually the Hammer Murderer. Bought flowers for Norma, but she is really dead. He thinks women are Norma, but when he realises they are not, he kills them



The Mangler

Description

A Hadley-Watson Model-6 Speed Ironer and Folder, nicknamed the Mangler tried to fold an employee at the Blue Ribbon Laundry - with interesting and deadly results. Repeated inspections found nothing wrong with the machine.

It is soon discovered that the machine is haunted thanks to a few freak accidents including the blood of a virgin and some Hand of Glory. Soon the single death was not the only accident - more people are injured in other accidents, and finally Mark Jackson and John Hutton decide to rid the machine of the demon - but the machine has other ideas.

Published

1972, Dec - Cavalier
1978 - Night Shift
1982 - Arbour House Celebrity book of Horror Stories

People

NameDescription
?, EssieWorked at the Blue Ribbon Laundry. Got her dress caught in the drive chains
BaalDemon that was mentioned as one that may inhabit the Mangler
BubastisDemon that was mentioned as one that may inhabit the Mangler
Cherinikov, MrsIn hospital next to Annette Gillian
Diment, HerbBlue Ribbon Laundry repairman. Maintains the Mangler. Cut off George Stanners arm when it was caught in the Mangler
Frawley, AdelleKilled by the Mangler when she was dragged through the machine
Frazier, James George Wrote "Golden Boughs" book about Magic and religion
Gartley, BillOwner of the Blue Ribbon Laundry. Uncle of Sherry Ouelette
Gillian, AndySon of Annette
Gillian, AnnetteBurnt by steam in the laundry in the second mangler accident. She had second degree burns. Mother of Andy
Hunton, JohnPolice Officer that investigated the Mangler accident. He threw up when he seen the accident scene for the first time in his 14 year career
Hunton, Patty3 year old daughter of John
Hunton, SandraWife of John
Jackson, MarkEnglish Professor friend of John Hutton. He suggested the mangler was haunted, and was killed trying to drive the beast from the machine
Jason, GinnyBurnt by steam in the laundry in the second of the Mangler accidents
Keene, AlbertaWorked in the Laundry. Tried to shut the Mangler down when Adelle Frawley was dragged through the Mangler
Martin, MrsWife of Roger
Martin, RogerOne of the investigators that looked at the Mangler and found nothing wrong each time
Milton, ?Author read by Mark Jackson
Ouelette, SherryNiece of Bill Gartley, Cut her hand on the Mangler clamp. A virgin, and it was her accident that started the rest of the Mangler accidents
PanDemon that was mentioned as one that may inhabit the Mangler
SatanDemon that was mentioned as one that may inhabit the Mangler
Stanner, GeorgeLaundry Foreman. Caught his arm in the Mangler
The ManglerA Hadley-Watson Model-6 Speed Ironer and Folder that begins to kill people after ingesting the blood of a virgin and belladonna, known in some countries as the hand of glory



Night Surf

Description

A group of people are survivors of "A6" more commonly known as the Captain Tripps flu. They live on the beach near Portland, and are slowly dying.
At first they thought that because they have had Honk Kong flu, they were immune, but when some of them who had had the Hong Kong flu begin to have symptoms of A6, they realise that they may all die soon. Listening to WKDM in Portsmouth, and other radio stations, they hear of others that have died.

This is a very strange story in that there is no hope shown by any of the survivors, just that they live for today.

Published

1974, Aug - Cavalier
1978 - Night Shift

People

NameDescription
?, BernieSurvivor of the flu. The storyteller, and sort of boyfriend of Susie
?, BobbyOn the radio station. He was filling in for Fred, who has developed the Flu
?, CoreyOwner of a large, but loud radio
?, FredSupposed to be on the radio, but has the flu and is dying
?, JoanSurvivor of the flu. Girlfriend of Kelly
?, KellySurvivor of the flu. Boyfriend of Joan
?, MaureenGirlfriend of Bernie before she died of the flu
?, SusieSurvivor of the flu. Fat girlfriend of Bernie
Como, PerryHis song was on the radio station
Dean, JamesActor mentioned in passing
NeedlesSurvivor of the flu from Portland, but has early flu signs
Ray, JohnnyHis song was on the radio station
Sackheim, AlvinDied of the flu. Bernie and his friends found him in his Lincoln car. He was delirious and thought Susie was his grandmother. The group burnt him alive



One for the Road

Description

Gerard Lumley comes stumbling into Tookey's bar in Falmouth on January 10th, near Jerusalem's Lot with a tragic tale. His wife and daughter are stuck in a car in the snow outside the Salems Lot turnoff.
Strange things happen in the Lot, even after the fire that destroyed the place 2 years ago and drove everyone away. It started near the old Marsden house, and even today odd things still happen at Harmony Hill Cemetery.

Booth and Herb decide to help him, but not before they take a bible and a cross in case they meet any of the Lot's people. They arrive at the car, only to find the 2 women missing. Gerard frantically searches for them, but the locals know better, and what he finds is not his wife, but an evil creature.

Be warned, that Salems Lot is an evil place, and there's a little girl somewhere out there. And I think she's still waiting for her good-night kiss.

Published

1977, Mar/Apr - Maine Magazine
1978 - Night Shift
1995 - The Vampire Omnibus (as 'Return to Salem's Lot')

People

NameDescription
?, BoothThe Storyteller, in Tookey's Bar. He helped to find the Lumley family but was too late. Suffered from arthritis
?, VictoriaWife of Booth. Died in 1973
Henry, LamontIn Tookey's Bar when Richie Messina disappeared
Larribee, BillyRan the town Snowplough in Falmouth, and owned a gas station in Falmouth Centre
Lumley, FrancieDaughter of Gerard. Became a vampire. 7 Years old
Lumley, GerardHusband of Janey. Walked 6 miles after crashing into a snow drift near Salems Lot on his way to Cumberland from New Jersey. he went back to find them only to see his wife was a Vampire
Lumley, JaneyWife of Gerard. Became a Vampire
Messina, MrsWife of Richie. Moved to Rhode Island after her husband left
Messina, RichieTruck Driver that said Salems Lot was full of wild dogs, so he left for there and was never seen again
Tooklander, HerbOwner of Tookey's Bar in Falmouth. Went to help find the Lumley family. Died of a heart attack later
Tooklander, MrsWife of Herb. Died in 1974
Wilson, WoodrowPresident mentioned in passing



Quitters Inc.

Description

Smoking is a hard habit to kick. Richard Morrison knows that all to well, and his friend Jimmy McCann tells him about a great group that will help him quit - Quitters Inc.

Richard makes one slip, and is caught, but never smokes again, you see, they have an interesting way of getting you to quit using the power of Love. First time you smoke, they apply a high voltage to your wife, second time you get it, the third you both do, fourth time your son is worked over... Things get more serious each time you smoke, right up to the 10th time when you die of lead poisoning - from a bullet to the head!

Also, if you gain weight your wife will have her little finger cut off, as Jimmy's wife Sharon, has found out!

Published

1978 - Night Shift
1979 - Best Detective Stories of the Year

People

NameDescription
?, HenryBartender?
Cooke, SamSinger that Richard Morrison liked
Crager, BobbyBoss of Jim McCann
Donatti, VictorIn charge of Richard Morrison's giving up smoking
JunkWorked with Vic Donatti when Lucinda Morrison was put in the Rabbit Room and given a 30 second charge
McCann, JimmyGave up smoking and referred Richard Morrison to Quitters Inc. Works for Crager and Barton as an executive Vice President
McCann, MrFather of Jimmy. Died of Heart attack
McCann, SharonWife of Jimmy. She is missing the little finger off her left hand
Minelli, Mort (Three Fingers)Started Quitters Inc. He used to smoke 3 packets a day until he died of lung cancer
Morrison, Alvin DawesRetarded son of Richard that attends Patterson Special School for Handicapped Children in New Jersey. Has an IQ of 46
Morrison, LucindaWife of Richard. Married name of Lucinda Ramsey
Morrison, RichardTried Quitters to give up Smoking and it worked. Worked for Crager and Barton before joining the Morton Agency. Husband of Lucinda
Ramsey, LucindaMaiden name of Lucinda Morrison



Sometimes They Come Back

Description

Four boys murdered Jim Norman's older brother in about 1957. Now in 1972 Jim is a schoolteacher, and three of them turn up in his class, but they do not seem to have aged a day! The three boys died six months after the murder of Wayne Norman, but here they are, recently transferred from Milford High, but there is no high school there, but there is a Cemetery.

Jim's wife Sally dies in mysterious circumstances, and Jim confronts them, but not until he sets a trap that will ensure the boys die for good this time.

Published

1974, Mar - Cavalier
1978, Night Shift (revised)

People

NameDescription
Corey, MrsMother of Vincent
Corey, Vincent3rd boy to transfer to Jim Norman's Living with Literature class. Blond boy who murdered his older brother by stabbing him with a switchblade
Denkinger, GaryStep father of Chip Osway
Fenton, ?Principal of Harold Davis High
Garcia, David2nd boy to transfer to Jim Norman's Living with Literature class. Murdered his older Brother 16 years earlier. Spend 2 years in Granville Reformatory for stealing cars
Holly, BuddySinger mentioned in passing
Lawson, Robert1st boy to transfer to Jim Norman's Living with Literature class. Murdered his older Brother. Had a strawberry birthmark on his chin. IQ of 78
Livingston, MortonPolice Sergeant in Stratford that helped Jim Norman find Mr Nell
Nell, Donald74 year old Retired Officer in Stratford. Helped Jim Norman
Norman, James (Jim)Teacher who has 3 of the 4 boys that killed his older brother transfer into his Living with Literature class at Harold Davis High. The problem is that these boys died about 14 years ago, and have not aged since. He had a nervous breakdown a few years earlier when attached by a student
Norman, MrsMother of Jim - died of cancer
Norman, SallyWife of Jim that was hit by a car before her marriage. She was killed by Corey, Lester and Garcia
Norman, WayneOlder brother of Jim that was murdered by Corey, Lester and Garcia. Stabbed in groin and chest
Osway, BarryFather of Chip. Died 6 years ago
Osway, Charles (Chip)Football and Basketball player that was given an F in literature class by Jim Norman after he cheated on a test. Left school
Silverstein, PinkyHeld a poker game where Jim Norman lost $16
Simmons, MrHead of English Department at Harold Davis High. Smoked a pipe
Simon, FrankPolice Officer that attended the crash that killed Corey, Lester and Garcia. Now works for Sikorsky
Slavin, KatherineIn Jim's Living with Literature Class. Fell from a roof whole feeding her birds on the roof of her apartment. The second to die in the class
Snow, DiannaA made up name for a student of Jim Norman
Sponder, Charlie (Bleach)4th boy that was involved in Wayne Norman's death. He is still alive, and joined the army in about 1958
Stearns, William (Bill)Student in Jim Norman's Living with Literature. Killed in hit and run accident on the Tuesday after Christmas. 15 years old
Williams, TedBaseball player
Zimmerman, MackStudent at Centre St Vocational trades high school that played the guitar, and was beat up by other students



Strawberry Spring

Description

Strawberry Spring is a once every 10 year event that causes a killer to stalk a New Sharon Campus. Starting on 16th of March 1968, this strawberry spring will be one to be remembered!

The killer evades the police, but 10 years later he's back!

Published

1968, Fall - Ubris
1975, Nov - Cavalier (Substantially revised)
1977, Feb - Gent
1978 - Night Shift

People

NameDescription
Amalara, CarlBoyfriend of Gail Cerman. Thought to be the killer, but released when another murder occurs while he is in prison
Bray, AnnSecond Victim of Springheel Jack in 1968. Her head was cut off. President of the National Service Sorority
Cerman, GailMurdered Art Major. Found in the corner of the Animal Services car park on March 17, 1968
Cronkite, WalterTV personality mentioned in passing
Curran, MarshaFourth and last Victim of Springheel Jack in 1968. Fat girl who lived in town. She was killed on 23rd of March 1968
Dancey, JohnJunior at High School. Found the body of Gail Cerman
Gray, HansonHomosexual sociology student from New Hampshire thought to be Springheel Jack, but released
Hawkins, Dr. JohnBristol Killer that murdered 5 of his wives
Jack the RipperMurderer similar to Springheel Jack
Johnson, LyndonHis picture was on the front of the Tep Fraternity House
Milton, ?His writings were the topic of an essay
Morris, DonaldFound unconscious in carpark, but thought to be dead, but he sat up on the way to the hospital in the back of a police car
Parkins, AdelleVictim 3 of Springheel Jack in 1968. Found behind the wheel of her 1964 Dodge, and in the back seat, and in the boot
Springheel JackMurderer. Named after the lack of footprints around the body in one case. It turns out this is the Narrator
The NarratorTells the story of the murders in 1968. We never find out his name, but he turns out to be the murderer, but he is unaware of it in 1968, and only dimly aware in 1978



Trucks

Description

A group of driverless trucks holds people hostage in Conants Truck Stop and Diner. The trucks are running by themselves, killing people that try to escape. The people realise that the vehicles are running out of fuel.

The trucks, buses and other vehicles also know this, and demand to be refueled by the humans, and in return they will not kill them... Yet...

Published

1973, Jun - Cavalier
1978 - Night Shift (revised)
1999 - Death on Wheels

People

NameDescription
?, JerryKilled by a bulldozer trying to burn the bulldozer when it was trying to destroy the truckstop. He knew Morse code and understood the message from the trucks
Conant, ?Owner of the Truck Stop
Fogarty, JohnOn the jukebox in the truckstop
Narrator, TheTold the story of the trucks. He owned a 1971 Camaro
SnodgrassSalesman killed by the trucks when he tried to escape. He did not die straight away as he landed in a ditch, and died some time later



The Woman in the Room

Description

John's mother is dying of cancer. The only hope to help with the constant pain is an operation, but John debates its worth. Bringing in pills from home, he helps his mother take an overdose of them. He leaves the hospital, knowing he would never see his mother alive again.

Published

1978 - Night Shift

People

NameDescription
?, JohnSon of the woman in the room. He helps her die by giving her some pills she had in her medicine cabinet at home
?, KevinBrother of John, Adopted. Lives in Andover
Bradbury, RayHorror author mentioned in passing
Chrichton, MichaelWriter that wrote "The Terminal Man"
DeGroot, VictorMentioned in passing
Eisenhower, Dwight DPresident mentioned in passing
Swinburne, AlgernonMentioned by John
The Woman in the RoomMother of Kevin and John. Dying of cancer similar to her mother. She will probably die of a Uremic Coma